Miss Julie
Composer: Ned Rorem
Librettist: Kenward Elmslie
Other Artistic Personnel: Nikos Psacharopoulos (Director)
Robert Zeller (Conductor)
Original Cast: Marguerite Willauer (Miss Julie)
Donald Gramm (John)
Elaine Bonazzi (Christine)
Richard Krause (Niels)
Betsy Hepburn (Wildcat Boy)
Don Yule (Stableboy)
Nico Castel and Joan Summers (Young Couple)
Premiere Date: November 04, 1965
Producing Company: New York City Opera
Description: The opera takes place on a country estate in Sweden during a Midsummer Eve celebration in the 1880s. Miss Julie is the jaded daughter of a count and is engaged to Neils. She treats him very badly, and he breaks off their engagement in disgust. She then seduces her father's valet, John, in front of his fiancée, Christine, and steals from the count to finance John's plan of escaping to Lake Como. In desperation, she takes John's suggestion and slashes her wrists with his razor.
Reviews: The New York Times, James R. Oestreich, 12-9-94; Stereo Review, 6-80; Opera, 10-79; Opera News, 7-79; Boosey and Hawkes Newsletter, 6-79; The New York Times, Peter G. Davis, 4-7-79; The New York Times, Harold C. Schonberg, 11-5-65; The New York Times, Allen Hughes, 10-31-65
Comments: The score, originally in two acts, was revised in 1978; the one-act version lasts 90 minutes.
Length: 01:30
Total Acts: Not Available
Orchestration: 2 fl, 2 ob, 2 cl, 2 bsn - 3 hrn, 2 tpt, 2 tbn - timp, 2 perc (extensive), gtr, hp - str
Musical Style: Heavily influenced by the French school, Rorem is considered a master of prosody and lyricism; tonal, lyrical arias, choral ensembles
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Schedule of Performances Listings
Miss Julie (Rorem)
Friday, November 7, 2003 - Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre
Miss Julie (Alwyn)
Monday, February 24, 1992 - University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
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